The Fulbright program was created by the U.S. Congress in 1946 “to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges.”

More information on the Fulbright Program.

Info Sessions

Check the calendar for current sessions

See the Resources section for recorded information sessions and US Student Fulbright Program Videos and Tutorials .


Grants Available

  • Open Study/Research: Independent research, graduate programs, internships, or a combination of study and research. See the lists of field-specific award opportunities and graduate degree grants.
  • English Teaching Assistant (ETA): Teach English language and culture in primary schools, high schools, and universities. See the list of countries that offer ETA grants.
  • Critical Language Enhancement Awards (CLEA): Three to six months of intensive language study in addition to research or study grants in eligible languages. CLEA info

Additional Information

Number Offered

Approximately 1900 grants to 140+ countries.


  • U.S. citizen or U.S. national
  • Preference to students who have received the majority of their higher education at a U.S. institution.
  • Preference for candidates who have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months, excluding study abroad or military duty.
  • Applicants must hold a BA or the equivalent degree before the beginning date of the grant. Applicants may not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application.
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed project, as specified by host country.
  • Good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Certificate of Health from a physician.

Application Process

Carefully review the  Middlebury Fellowships’ documents:

Note: We strongly encourage undergraduate alumni to apply through Middlebury. Senior applicants must apply through Middlebury. If you have difficult accessing these documents, contact us at fellowships@middlebury.edu .

Application Process and Deadlines

See the Fulbright Guideline documents above for specific details and requirements. Each of the steps below are part of your application portal in Middlebury Apply.

  1. April 15, Preliminary Application Deadline: Complete the online preliminary application in Middlebury Apply to start the application process. Review the app questions. You will receive feedback by mid-May to continue developing your application. If you start this after July 1, you will skip the preliminary application and start work on the full Fulbright application.
  2. August 15, Intent to Apply Deadline: Let us know you intend to apply! Submit draft essays and draft Fulbright application (if available) for review and feedback. No recommendations or letters of affiliation are needed at this stage. See the application checklist for specific items  you will upload in Middlebury Apply for this deadline. Draft materials received after this deadline will be reviewed if the advisors have time to do so.
  3. Sunday, September 8 at midnight, Middlebury Internal Deadline: Final, proofed applications must be submitted in the Fulbright portal by this date, including recommendations, language evaluations, and affiliation letters. The application is only seen by Middlebury advisors and interviewers. The final version is sent to Fulbright by their final deadline in October. Any issues, email fellowships@middlebury.edu.
  4. Interviews with the Middlebury Fulbright committee will be scheduled after the internal deadline.
  5. Final Fulbright Deadline: October 7, 2024 at 9 am.


Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 212

(802) 443-3183

Fulbright News

  • Middlebury Is a Top Producer of Fulbrights

    | by Lisa Gates

    Congratulations to all of Middlebury’s Fulbright applicants and grantees who helped us make Fulbright’s Top Producer List yet again! Read more at https://www.middlebury.edu/announcements/announcements/2024/02/middlebury-among-top-producers-fulbrights . Interested in applying? See go/fulbright and check out our info session on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 4:30pm in Library 201.

  • Fulbright Info Sessions in August

    | by Lisa Gates

    Fulbright applicants, check out these info sessions run by Fulbright! Student Webinar Schedule Alumni Ambassador Panel – BIPOC August 4, 2023 | 3pm-4pm Eastern Time    Alumni Ambassador Panel – ETA August 8, 2023 | 2pm-3pm Eastern Time  Study/Research Q&A Webinar August 10, 2023 | 2pm-3pm Eastern Time      ETA Q&A Webinar August 14, 2023 | 4pm-5pm Eastern Time  Regional Office […]

  • August 15 “Intent to Apply” Deadline for Fulbright Applicants

    | by Lisa Gates

    Yes, August 15 is the day! If you’re applying for a Fulbright grant through Middlebury (seniors and alumni welcome!), we STRONGLY encourage you to submit draft materials by this deadline. Why do this? Two reasons: we guarantee that we will provide feedback on your essays and application and we’ll provide you with a nice pdf […]

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